Academic Immersion (AIM)

A 3-week program

Here’s your chance to do a deep dive into a subject that fascinates you. Picture this: three stimulating weeks engaging in intensive study, with classmates who feel just as passionate about a single academic topic as you do. If you’re entering your junior or senior year of high school, we invite you to apply.

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2021 AIM topics

Introduction to Experimental Psychology

AIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. You will learn to design and carry out your own experiments under the supervision of Boston University instructors.

Introduction to Medicine

AIM: Introduction to Medicine is a premedical program that combines classroom work in the sciences with project-based learning activities across different medical fields. This program is offered in partnership with the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at the BU School of Medicine.

Creative Writing

AIM: Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to develop your writer’s voice in a supportive, inspiring environment. You will learn formal techniques in multiple genres from seasoned instructors and participate in workshops that build confidence and sharpen skills. You will hear published authors discuss their craft and engage in free-write exercises. This exciting track is offered in partnership with BU’s renowned Creative Writing Program.

Global Studies: Security, Statecraft, & Spycraft

global studiesAIM: Global Studies: Security, Statecraft, & Spycraft offers you a firsthand look at what it means to be a national security official, diplomat, or spy. Led by BU faculty members who are also military, diplomatic, and espionage experts, you will work in teams to analyze and solve real-world issues of foreign policy and national security. This track, offered for the first time in 2021, was developed in partnership with BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies.

2021 AIM calendar

Introduction to Experimental Psychology begins July 6
Introduction to Experimental Psychology ends July 23
Introduction to Medicine, Creative Writing, and Global Studies: Security, Statecraft, & Spycraft begin July 26
Introduction to Medicine, Creative Writing, and Global Studies: Security, Statecraft, & Spycraft end August 13

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For three amazing weeks, you will make new friends, enjoy lots of remote social activities, and gain valuable experience in the field of medicine, psychology, creative writing, or global studies.

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If you’re an engaged, motivated high school student who wants to focus intensively on a specific subject for three weeks, AIM is for you. All AIM tracks combine classroom work and theoretical studies with practical applications and project-based activities including guest speakers and group work. In addition to experiencing college life, you’ll gain invaluable insight into potential career paths.

AIM is open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

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